2017 North Rhine-Westphalia state election

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North Rhine-Westphalia state election

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All 199 seats in the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia
100 seats needed for a majority
Turnout8,487,413 (65.2%)
Increase 5.6%
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Armin Laschet Hannelore Kraft Christian Lindner
Party CDU SPD FDP
Last election 67 seats, 26.3% 99 seats, 39.1% 22 seats, 8.6%
Seats won 72 69 28
Seat change Increase 5 Decrease 30 Increase 6
Popular vote 2,796,683 2,649,205 1,065,307
Percentage 33.0% 31.2% 12.6%
Swing Increase 6.7% Decrease 7.9% Increase 4.0%

  Fourth party Fifth party Sixth party
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Leader Marcus Pretzell Sylvia Löhrmann Özlem Demirel &
Christian Leye
Party AfD Green Left
Last election Did not exist 29 seats, 11.3% 0 seats, 2.5%
Seats won 16 14 0
Seat change Increase 16 Decrease 15 Steady 0
Popular vote 626,756 539,062 415,936
Percentage 7.4% 6.4% 4.9%
Swing New party Decrease 4.9% Increase 2.4%

  Seventh party
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Leader Michele Marsching
Party Pirates
Last election 20 seats, 7.8%
Seats won 0
Seat change Decrease 20
Popular vote 80,780
Percentage 1.0%
Swing Decrease 6.8%

North Rhine-Westphalia State Election 2017.svg
Map of the election, showing the winner of each single-member district and the distribution of list seats.

Minister-President and Government before election

Hannelore Kraft (SPD)
SPDGreen

Elected Minister-President and Government

Armin Laschet (CDU)
CDUFDP

The 2017 North Rhine-Westphalia state election was held on 14 May 2017 to elect the members of the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia. The incumbent coalition government of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and The Greens led by Minister-President Hannelore Kraft was defeated. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) became the largest party and formed a coalition with the Free Democratic Party (FDP). CDU leader Armin Laschet was subsequently elected Minister-President.[1][2]

Parties[edit]

The lead candidates after a TV debate.

The table below lists parties represented in the previous Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Name Ideology Leader(s) 2012 result
Votes (%) Seats
SPD Social Democratic Party of Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands
Social democracy Hannelore Kraft 39.1%
99 / 237
CDU Christian Democratic Union of Germany
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands
Christian democracy Armin Laschet 26.3%
67 / 237
Grüne Alliance 90/The Greens
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
Green politics Sylvia Löhrmann 11.3%
29 / 237
FDP Free Democratic Party
Freie Demokratische Partei
Classical liberalism Christian Lindner 8.6%
22 / 237
Piraten Pirate Party Germany
Piratenpartei Deutschland
Pirate politics Michele Marsching 7.8%
20 / 237

Opinion polling[edit]

Party polling[edit]

Polling firm Fieldwork date Sample
size
SPD CDU Grüne FDP Piraten Linke AfD Others Lead
2017 state election 14 May 2017 31.2 33.0 6.4 12.6 1.0 4.9 7.4 3.5 1.8
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 8–11 May 2017 2,402 31 32 6.5 13.5 6 6.5 4.5 1
YouGov 8–10 May 2017 1,017 30 31 7 9 2 8 9 4 1
INSA 3–8 May 2017 1,139 33 30 7 13 5 7 5 3
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 2–4 May 2017 1,032 32 32 7.5 12 6 6 4.5 Tie
Infratest dimap 2–3 May 2017 1,000 32 31 7 13 5 8 4 1
Forsa 20–25 Apr 2017 1,003 35 29 6 12 6 7 5 6
YouGov 12–19 Apr 2017 1,051 36 27 6 7 2 8 11 3 9
Infratest dimap 18–20 Apr 2017 1,003 34 34 6 10 5 8 3 Tie
INSA 30 Mar–4 Apr 2017 1,000 37 28 6 10 5 10 4 9
Infratest dimap 14–16 Mar 2017 1,001 37 30 6 9 5 9 4 7
Forsa 20 Feb–10 Mar 2017 1,040 40 26 6 11 5 7 5 14
INSA 22 Feb–3 Mar 2017 1,199 38 27 7 10 4 11 3 11
Infratest dimap 14–16 Feb 2017 1,002 37 30 7 7 6 10 3 7
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 6–8 Feb 2017 1,116 36 32 7 8 5 9 3 4
YouGov 13–20 Jan 2017 1,072 31 31 11 7 1 5 12 2 Tie
Forsa 9–20 Jan 2017 1,072 35 29 8 9 6 8 5 6
Emnid 19 Dec 2016–18 Jan 2017 1,070 32 30 10 8 7 10 3 2
Infratest dimap 25–27 Oct 2016 1,002 32 32 12 7 5 9 3 Tie
YouGov 31 Aug–7 Sep 2016 1,022 34 28 10 9 5 11 ? 6
Mentefactum 30 Aug–6 Sep 2016 1,004 31 27 11 8 5 13 3 4
Infratest dimap 17–20 May 2016 1,002 31 31 10 8 6 12 2 Tie
INSA 21–28 Apr 2016 1,097 29 32 13 7.5 5.5 9 4 3
Infratest dimap 16–18 Feb 2016 1,002 31 33 9 7 7 10 3 2
Infratest dimap 8–10 Dec 2015 1,000 34 35 10 6 5 5 5 1
Forsa 8–27 Nov 2015 1,211 39 29 10 7 2 5 4 4 10
YouGov 11–19 Nov 2015 1,022 34 30 11 5 1 5 9 5 4
Infratest dimap 1–3 Sep 2015 1,001 34 36 11 5 6 3 5 2
Infratest dimap 16–18 Jun 2015 1,000 36 35 10 6 1 5 4 3 1
Forsa 18–28 May 2015 1,097 36 32 11 9 4 3 5 4
INSA 21–22 May 2015 500 34 38 12 6 1 6 2 1 4
YouGov 3–10 Dec 2014 1,015 34 35 12 5 2 5 7 2 1
Infratest dimap 2–4 Dec 2014 1,000 35 36 10 5 1 5 5 3 1
Forsa 3–10 Nov 2014 1,082 36 33 10 4 2 5 6 ? 3
Forsa 20–29 Aug 2014 1,506 39 32 10 5 3 4 4 ? 7
YouGov May 2014 1,006 39 34 10 5 2 5 ? ? 5
Infratest dimap 5–8 May 2014 1,000 37 36 10 5 2 5 3 2 1
YouGov 25 Nov–1 Dec 2013 1,055 38 34 10 4 ? 5 ? ? 4
Infratest dimap 3–5 Dec 2013 1,000 37 38 8 4 3 5 3 2 1
YouGov 5–16 Sep 2013 1,051 38 35 11 4 2 4 ? ? 3
Infratest dimap 3–5 Sep 2013 1,009 40 36 9 4 3 4 2 2 4
Infratest dimap 21–23 May 2013 1,001 39 35 14 4 2 3 3 4
YouGov 12–22 Apr 2013 1,104 42 31 12 6 2 3 4 11
Infratest dimap 11–14 Dec 2012 1,001 40 32 12 5 4 4 3 8
YouGov 4–24 Sep 2012 1,020 39 30 13 5 5 4 4 9
YouGov 1–11 Jun 2012 1,061 38 29 12 7 7 3 ? 9
2012 state election 13 May 2012 39.1 26.3 11.3 8.6 7.8 2.5 4.3 12.8

Minister-President polling[edit]

Polling firm Fieldwork date 2017-05-04-WDR Wahlarena-1410.jpg 2017-05-04-WDR Wahlarena-1420.jpg Lead
Hannelore Kraft
SPD
Armin Laschet
CDU
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 14 May 2017 48 37 11
Infratest dimap 14 May 2017 49 38 11
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 11 May 2017 46 38 8
YouGov 11 May 2017 34 21 13
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 5 May 2017 51 33 18
Infratest dimap 4 May 2017 49 28 21
Forsa 28 April 2017 49 25 24
YouGov 25 April 2017 42 21 21
Infratest dimap 23 April 2017 53 31 22
Infratest dimap 19 March 2017 57 22 35
Forsa 15 March 2017 55 22 33
Infratest dimap 19 February 2017 58 26 32
Forschungsgruppe Wahlen 10 February 2017 55 29 26
YouGov 27 January 2017 46 16 30
YouGov 30 October 2016 56 20 36
Mentefactum 11 September 2016 55 30 25
Infratest dimap 22 May 2016 58 28 30
Infratest dimap 13 December 2015 61 21 40
Forsa 2 December 2015 63 18 45
YouGov 26 November 2015 50 15 35
Infratest dimap 21 June 2015 64 17 47
YouGov 18 December 2014 48 19 29
Infratest dimap 7 December 2014 59 18 41
Infratest dimap 11 May 2014 61 18 43

Results[edit]

The CDU became the largest party with 33% of the vote. The governing SPD and Greens suffered a 13-point swing between them, the latter losing half their seats. The FDP achieved their best ever result in the state at 12.6%, and AfD debuted at 7.4%. The Pirates collapsed to just 1% of the vote and were ousted from the Landtag. The Left doubled their vote share to 4.9%, but fell just short of the threshold.

Summary of the 14 May 2017 Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia elections results
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Party Popular vote Seats
Votes % +/– Seats +/–
Christian Democratic Union
Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands – CDU
2,796,683 33.0 Increase6.7 72 Increase5
Social Democratic Party of Germany
Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands – SPD
2,649,205 31.2 Decrease7.9 69 Decrease30
Free Democratic Party
Freie Demokratische Partei – FDP
1,065,307 12.6 Increase4.0 28 Increase6
Alternative for Germany
Alternative für Deutschland – AfD
626,756 7.4 Increase7.4 16 Increase16
Alliance '90/The Greens
Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
539,062 6.4 Decrease4.9 14 Decrease15
The Left
Die Linke
415,936 4.9 Increase2.4
Pirate Party
Piratenpartei Deutschland
80,780 1.0 Decrease6.8 Decrease20
Valid votes 8,487,373 99.0 Steady
Invalid votes 89,808 1.0 Steady
Totals and voter turnout 8,577,221 65.2 Increase5.6 199 Decrease38
Electorate 13,164,887 100.00
Source: Die Landeswahlleiterin des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CDU und FDP einigen sich auf Koalitionsvertrag". WDR (in German). Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  2. ^ Krug, Christian. "Martin Schulz's SPD shut out in North Rhine Westphalia". Politico EU.